Phased roll-out for Certified Pick up in the port of Antwerp

Phased roll-out for Certified Pick up in the port of Antwerp

The digital, secure and integrated solution called ‘Certified Pick up’ will soon replace the existing system of PIN codes for the release of containers in the port of Antwerp.

A phased approach means that all logistics partners in the port supply chain will be able to implement this new process. In phase one, the platform will create transparency on the container status and in a subsequent phase the various supply-chain partners will switch to a new processing method based on identity.

More secure, transparent and efficient

To pick up a container at the terminal in the port today, you need a unique PIN code. There is considerable time between the shipping company being informed of the PIN code and the truck driver actually entering this PIN code on the terminal. The PIN code is also passed between different parties, which increases the risk of abuse.

To make this process more secure, transparent and efficient, a new process for the release of containers, referred to as “Certified Pick up” (CPu), will be enforced on 1 January 2021. CPu is a neutral, central data platform in which all stakeholders involved in the container import process are connected.

Phased approach

Together with the Port Authority it has been agreed to phase the implementation of CPu as from 1 January 2021. In the first phase the CPu platform will allow transparency on the container status, aimed at increasing the operational efficiency for every player in the chain. The various container statuses, related to the collection of a container in the port of Antwerp, will be displayed as “green lights”. The supply-chain partners will be able to view the commercial release, the customs release and terminal release of the containers under their control. In exchange for this information, chain partners will later be required to add relevant supply-chain data, such as anticipated collection time, terms, etc. The current process of PIN codes will still be kept in this phase.

In the next phase, the various chain partners will switch over to a new processing method, namely collection based on identity. The current process using a PIN code to collect a container will be phased out and replaced by a digital process of release entitlement then pick up entitlement and an authorised collection based on identity.

In collaboration with logistics parties

Port of Antwerp is choosing an active approach to getting everyone involved in the roll-out of CPu on time. The shipping companies and Antwerp terminals will be first to connect on the CPu platform, after which other stakeholders, such as freight forwarders and transporters will connect as from 1 January 2021 to see the status of various containers. NxtPort, the logistical data platform at the port of Antwerp, will provide the CPu platform. They have set up the efficient support, which will guarantee the continuity of the port of Antwerp (with regard to container imports).

To maximize the reach of CPU it is also possible for 3rd parties to link their own applications with CPu.


A fee will be charged to those using the port, in order to use Certified Pick up. These charges, which will apply as from 1 January 2021, comprise a fixed charge for the API/EDI connection or use of the web interface on the one hand, and, on the other hand, a variable fee per processed container, which is divided into three equal parts between the shipping company, terminal and the first authorised party in the collection process.

More information can be found in the consultation document on our website.

Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandermeiren: “We are using this phased approach to achieve a faster, more secure and more efficient release of containers. The fact this has been achieved in collaboration with the various partners in the port chain is further evidence of the strength and resilience of Antwerp's port community.”
Port Alderman Annick De Ridder: “Thanks to this new CPU process, we are taking our social responsibility as a port community and doing everything possible to combat international drugs trafficking. Together with the port community, we are shifting to a digital ecosystem that is sure to boost the efficiency of our activities. It is now up to the various partners to examine the details available, so that we can prepare our port for this new way of working.”
About Port of Antwerp-Bruges

With an overall throughput of 271 million tonnes per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of containers, breakbulk and for the throughput of vehicles. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros.
The ambition for Port of Antwerp-Bruges is clear - to become the world's first port that reconciles economy, people and climate. As well as growing in a sustainable way, the Port also aims to focus on its unique position as a logistics, maritime and industrial centre and to take the lead in the transition to a circular and low-carbon economy. Together with the port community, customers and other partners, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively seeking innovative solutions for a sustainable future. High on the agenda is its responsibility for the environment and the surrounding society. 

The port sites of Antwerp and Zeebrugge are operated by the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, a limited liability company of public law with the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges as its shareholders. The port employs 1,800 people. Vice-Mayor of Antwerp Annick De Ridder is President of the Board of Directors, the Mayor of Bruges Dirk De fauw is the Vice-President. Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the port’s day-to-day management.

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